These Two Cities Have The Worst Drivers In America
By Mustafa Gatollari
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The only thing I dislike about driving is other drivers.
I know it’s a wildly arrogant and condescending thing to say. Of course I think I’m the only good driver on the road and that everyone else is an idiot because my commuting needs come before everyone else, right?
But for the most part I obey the rules of the road. I use my turn signals, I let drivers pass me, I stop for pedestrians and stop signs and don’t speed through residential areas like some kind of madman.
I’m not perfect. I swerve erratically to dodge pot holes and I’ve definitely held up traffic trying to make a right turn when I’ve been stuck in the left on more than one occasion. But I swear I’m trying to get better. There are some people, however, who are irredeemably bad drivers.
And as it turns out, there are two cities in America with a higher concentration of crappy drivers than any other in the country.
According to EverQuote, Pittsburgh is one of two cities that can proudly boast the worst drivers in America.
The study employed the EverRide monitoring app, which defined “good” or “bad” driving across five categories: phone use, speeding, acceleration, braking, and turning. After 11 months of data gathering and monitoring the behavior of 150,000 drivers, Pittsburgh came out on the bottom.
A combination of excessive speeding and cell phone use is what sealed the deal for citizens in the Steelers Nation, but they’re not alone when it comes to crappy motorists.
New York City shares that distinction as well. If you’ve ever had the misfortune of driving in Manhattan, then you’ll know that the data in the study is entirely accurate.
The best drivers in the nation? Minneapolis and St. Paul, St. Louis, and Portland, Oregon took the top spots.
On average, drivers received a “79” out of “100” when it came to perfect driving habits nationwide.
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Whenever my friends and family visit from overseas, they’re usually shocked by how closed-off people are in North Jersey and NYC. They were dumbfounded that I didn’t know more about my neighbors and at first, I thought they were just being dramatic.
The more I thought about it though, the more I realized that I really don’t know my neighbors at all. Hell, whenever I drive if someone cuts me off I throw out such horrible swear words and vile insults that I’m taken aback by just how disgusting I can become.
But according to this report, the rest of the United States doesn’t really suffer from that problem: it turns out that there are countries that are a lot less friendly than America.
InterNations surveyed more than 14,000 people from 67 countries around the world to find out what the most and least friendly countries were.
The study specifically focuses on ex-patriates, i.e., people who have decided to leave their country of origin to go and permanently live in another country.
The United States dropped 13 places from last year’s study, coming in at 26.
One of the biggest drawbacks many cited as to relocating to the US was the amount of taxes and lack of services provided for said taxes. But if you’re a US citizen, you wouldn’t need a survey to tell you that.
They also broke down the reasons why people moved abroad: some did it for school, work, for romance, or to accompany a spouse’s work relocation.
According to the report, the friendliest country surveyed was Taiwan. The least friendly? Kuwait, which was pretty much confirmed by this guy.
Malta, Ecuador, Mexico, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Australia, Austria, Luxemborg, and Czech Republic rounded out the top 10.
The survey considered many factors, including quality of life, ease in finding a job, political stability, and overall friendliness of the people.
You can check out the entire report here, which provides a boat-load of data. Definitely worth looking into if you’re planning on shipping out in search of greener pastures.
Where does your country rank on the list?
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